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Schengen Visa Types

Laura Amber, Tourism Guide

Schengen members allow free movement to their citizens and visa holders in Schengen area. Citizens of Schengen area do not need a visa to travel in Schengen zone. Schengen area consist on 26 Europe Countries expect Ireland, Croatia, Romania, Cyprus, Belgium and the United Kingdom, these countries are not part of the Schengen area but in a short time, they will become a part of Schengen area else the United Kingdom. This article will highlight the Schengen visa types and all categories further with criteria and limitations.

Schengen Visa Types Ultimate Guide

Schengen Visa Types:

According to the Visa Code (EU Regulation no. 810/2009)

There are three main Schengen visa types, which based on the purpose of visit.

Uniform Schengen Visa (USV):

This Schengen visa type (USV) allows its holders to travel or for residence in the Schengen zone for a limited time period, maximum of 90 days every 6-month period starting from the time of arrival to Schengen area

According to the purpose of traveling USV available in three categories.

Schengen Visa Type – Category A:

Category A based on Airport Transit Visa, it is important for travelers. Who traveling from one non-Schengen country to another non-Schengen country, has connecting flights within the Schengen state airport.

This Schengen visa category permits its holders to travel through the international zone without entering the Schengen country area.

Schengen Visa Type – Category B:

This category allows its holders to travel within the maximum 5 days through more than one Schengen country by plane, car or by other means of transportation on the way to a non-Schengen country.

Schengen Visa Type – Category C:

This is short-term visa category which permits its holders to travel in Schengen area for the limited time depending on the legality of visa.

Schengen visa category C consist on business visa, family visa and tourist visa.

Forms of Category C:

Category C has three forms.

Single Entry Schengen Visa:

These visa holders are allowed to enter once in Schengen country for limited time period. Once single entry visa holders exit the Schengen country their visa expires even this visa is not over yet.

Double Entry Schengen Visa:

These visa holders are permitted to enter twice in Schengen country for certain time period. The benefit of this visa is, when double entry visa holder once leaves the Schengen country, he can reenter in Schengen country, double entry visa shall expire when visa holder enters in Schengen area the second time.

Multiple Entry Schengen Visa:

This visa permits its holders to enter the Schengen area multiple times for maximum time period of 90 days within the half of year.

The Limited Territorial Validity Visa (LTV):

LTV permits its holders only to travel in the certain Schengen country which stated in the visa application form. This visa holder would not travel in other Schengen states which are not stated in the visa application.

The National Visa (category D):

The national visa is issued to those travelers who want to visit in Schengen area for the purpose of the study, permanent residency and for working.

The national visa holders can travel in Schengen area without extra visa requirements.

Forms of National Visa:

National visa has two forms.

Single Entry Visa:

This visa permits its holders to stay in Schengen country for a limited time period after the expiry of visa, visa holder must return back to his country.

Multiple Entry Visa:

This visa allows its holders to enter in Schengen area multiple times.

Criteria and Limitations:

  • National visa is issued to the students for one year, there is a possibility of extension in the national visa.
  • For workers national visa is issued for one year, in working visa there is also a possibility of extension.
  • National visa is also issued to different field workers like an artist, sportsperson etc. for the limited time period.

Fee Schedule of Schengen Visa

Visa TypeAmount in EUR
Schengen visa category A60.00 EUR
Schengen visa category C60.00 EUR
National visa99.00 EUR
Children between the age of 6 to 12 years35.00 EUR
Russia, Georgia, Kosovo and Ukraine nationality holders.

Students, teachers, and Professors who visit for the purpose of training and education.

Researchers who come for the purpose of research.

Non-profit organizations’ representative who is the age of 25 years.

00.00 EUR

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